Home   Login All Data Services Forum http://hydroportal.cuahsi.org/czo_merced/cuahsi_1_1.asmx?WSDL czo_merced Roger Bales rbales@ucmerced.edu Website: https://snri.ucmerced.edu/CZO 65 17 26,613,545 Updated Values Count: 26613545 Updated on: 12/9/2014 12:17:32 AM Download last tested on 03/31/2020 Last Harvested on 3/28/2020 8:46:00 AM(UTC) University of California, Merced            Contact:        Sites: Values: Variables: 37.07042 -119.0266 -119.2044 36.95894

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The Southern Sierra CZO is a community platform for research on critical-zone processes across the rain-snow transition in the mixed-conifer forest of the Southern Sierra Nevada. While this elevation range has characteristically rapid seasonal changes, going from snow cover to wet soil to dry soil over a 1-2 month period, climate warming will shift this transition period earlier or eliminate it entirely at the current transitional elevation. The characteristic spatial differences along gradients offer the opportunity to substitute space for time, making the CZO an excellent natural laboratory for studying how critical zone processes respond to perturbations, and particularly how the water cycle drives critical zone processes. A team of scientists from multiple institutions is carrying out research at the CZO, which is located in the Kings River Experimental Watershed (KREW), a U.S. Forest Service watershed-level, integrated ecosystem project for long-term research in headwater catchments in the Sierra National Forest.